Five local towns are in the running to become the country’s most enterprising town

Bank of Ireland’s national competition to find the country’s most enterprising town is set to reach its climax, with five local towns in the running.

78 entries from 31 local and city authority areas are vying to be crowned Bank of Ireland’s National Enterprising Town Winner 2017.

In County Cavan, Cootehill, Virginia and Cavan Town are competing in various categories which include regional runner-up, regional winner, merit awards, national category winners and the overall national winner.

Meanwhile, in County Monaghan, Castleblayney and Monaghan Town are competing in the Bank of Ireland National Enterprising Town Competition.

With a total prize fund of €110,000, over 30 cash prizes will be awarded to various winners and the overall winning town, city, village or urban area will be awarded total prize money of €23,000.

Overall National Winner 1 €15,000
City Award 1 €5,000
Regional Runner-Up 12 x €2,000 Awards €24,000
Regional Winners 12 x €3,000 Awards €36,000
National Category Winners 3 x €5,000 Awards €15,000
Merit Awards Judges discretion up to €15,000 in total

The judging panel will visit each of the local organising committees from late August through to mid-October with the winners announced at an awards ceremony in November.